[whatwg] TZ database

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Wed Jan 16 01:25:21 PST 2013

On 2013-01-08 01:47, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> The next best choice would be to have datetime-with-timezone but
>> unfortunately
>> (1) Official database for all timezones does not exist
>> (2) Official timezone names (or labels) do not exist
>> (3) Timezones are subject to future political decisions
>> The problems (1) and (2) make transferring the timezone information from
>> the end user to the server very problematic and the problem (3) makes
>> any work to fix (1) and (2) a bit pointless. This is because even if UA
>> could successfully inform the server about the correct timezone, the
>> server could be using a week old timezone data that is not up to the
>> latest political events. Or the server might be using latest timezone
>> data but the UA could be using three year old data. In either case, the
>> absolute time in UTC could be different for the server and UA.
> Indeed.


<http://www.iana.org/time-zones> addresses (1) and possibly (2), no?

Best regards, Julian

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